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'House of Cards' Actress Robin Wright Demanded Equal Pay

by Associated Press /
Robin Wright appears in a scene from "House of Cards." Wright was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her role on the show on Thursday, July 16, 2015. The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sept. 20, 2015. Netflix via AP

Actress Robin Wright says she demanded the same pay as co-star Kevin Spacey for her work on "House of Cards" and got it.

Wright plays first lady Claire Underwood, an equally devious partner for Spacey's President Frank Underwood, on the Netflix series.

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The Huffington Post reports Wright said during a Tuesday interview at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York that she demanded equal pay after seeing statistics showing her character was more popular than Spacey's for a period of time. She says she threatened to "go public" if she didn't get paid.

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Wright says there are few films or TV shows where "the patriarch and the matriarch are equal. And they are in 'House of Cards."

The Huffington Post was a partner on the Rockefeller Foundation event.

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